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CURRICULUM VITAE

JOHN DUDLEY MILLER

Education

Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1981
Studied cognitive psychology, survey research, and statistics. Worked on federal government's annual survey of teenagers' drug use. Worked at a prominent survey-research firm. Taught research design and introductory psychology.

Nuclear Engineering Officer Certification, U.S. Navy, Vallejo, CA and Arco, ID, 1969
Completed masters-level classes in nuclear physics, reactor design, electrical engineering, heat transfer, fluid flow, chemistry and radiation protection. Then trained on a submarine nuclear reactor to be the officer on watch in charge of the reactor and all its other watchstanders.

B.A. in Social Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1968
Majored in social psychology, sociology, and social anthropology.

Career Highlights

Consultant for litigation support, scientific research and statistical training for journalists, 3/98-present

  • Found lost product-testing records in defense of a large U.S. manufacturer facing 26 product- liability lawsuits, 3/98-present.
  • Reviewed research from several social sciences to select story ideas for a PBS documentary on human behavior proposed by the National Science Foundation, 3/00-5/00.
  • In preparation for a possible book, found all the scientific research on "morning" vs. "night" people, Levenger Press, Delray Beach, FL, 5/00-8/00.
  • Taught statistics to journalists: Wrote an article explaining an important statistical error in a prominent medical journal, led a national statistics seminar, and helped Wake Forest U. plan a two-day statistics workshop for medical reporters, 7/98-8/99.

Science Journalist on television, in newspapers and on the web. Reported science, health, technology, the environment and all the other natural and social sciences at the Detroit Free Press, WSVN (NBC) Miami and WEWS (ABC) Cleveland full-time; and freelance for WDIV (NBC) Detroit, Discovery Channel Online, ABCNews.com, HMSBeagle.com, Mosby Consumer Health, University of Michigan, University of Miami, and others. Won two national and several state and local awards. 2/73-present.

  • Covered an oil-well blowout that filled a small town with natural gas, threatening a massive explosion. Traced the cause of the crisis to unsafe drilling procedures and too-infrequent state inspections. Final Detroit Free Press story recommended new drilling regulations which the Michi gan Legislature passed into law two months later. 4/73
  • Wrote a 17-part series on Discovery Channel Online about the Chernobyl nuclear accident 10 years after, using translators for Soviet Union telephone interviews and tracking down a dozen participants now living in the United States. Stories revealed extensive and important new information that no other American journalist reported.
  • Wrote 50+ articles for Mosby Consumer Health's CD-ROM home health encyclopedia, 12/96- 6/97. For each separate topic I evaluated the latest research findings from around the world.

University Psychology Instructor, 9/74-5/77 and 9/91-6/96

  • Taught introductory psychology, personality theories, and the psychology of children, adults and the aged at John Carroll University and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, 9/91-6/96
  • Taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology and elementary research design and statistics as a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan, 9/74-5/77.

Work History

Consultant/Freelance Science Journalist, Miami, FL and Cleveland, OH, 6/88-8/91 and 2/96-present
Consultant for litigation support, scientific research and statistical training for journalists; freelance writer covering all the natural and social sciences, including medicine, technology and the environment.

  • Found lost scientific records for law firm defending a large U.S. manufacturer against 26 product- liability lawsuits, 3/98-present.
  • Asked to find a still-relevant "classic" book on learning how to learn, discovered two "lost" Lewis Carroll books out of print since the 1870's. Levenger Press in Delray Beach, FL republished them. 11/98-4/99.
  • Reviewed research from several social sciences to select story ideas for a PBS documentary on human behavior proposed by the National Science Foundation, 3/00-5/00.
  • In preparation for a possible book, analyzed "morning" vs. "night" people research for Levenger, 5/00-8/00.
  • Taught statistics to journalists: Led a national seminar, helped Wake Forest U. plan a two-day workshop, and wrote an article explaining an important error in a prominent medical journal, 7/98-8/99.
  • Wrote Internet science stories. My month-long Discovery Channel Online series about the Chernobyl nuclear accident revealed important new information that no other American journalist reported. Other clients included ABCNews.com, HMSBeagle, and ScienceNow, 9/94-present.
  • Wrote 50+ articles for Mosby Consumer Health's CD-ROM home health encyclopedia, 12/96- 6/97.
  • Wrote medical research stories and helped review the public relations program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the largest in Florida, 2/88-9/89.

Psychology Lecturer, John Carroll University and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, 9/91- 6/96
I taught introductory psychology, personality theories, and the psychology of children, adults and the aged.

Television Science Reporter, WSVN (NBC), Miami, FL, 3/85-3/88
I reported on health, environment and the other natural sciences, winning a national award.

Television Science Reporter, Newscope, Los Angeles, CA and WEWS (ABC), Cleveland, OH, 3/83-9/84
I covered science and medicine for a nationally syndicated daily TV news show and its Cleveland affiliate, winning local and state awards.

Market Research Consultant, Sayco, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 9/81-3/83
Surveyed independent plumbers' faucet preferences for a national manufacturer.

Medical Writer/Producer, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, 9/81-3/83 part-time
Produced video and print news releases explaining biomedical research findings.

Television Science Reporter, WDIV (NBC), Detroit, MI, 9/78-2/80 part-time
Covered all the sciences, including the environment, economics and political science.

Television Reporter/Producer, KTCA (PBS) and WTCN, Minneapolis, MN, 6/78-9/78
As a Mass Media Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), reported on medicine, science and the environment and helped produce a one-hour documentary on the then-ongoing Northwest Airlines strike.

Senior Analyst, Market Opinion Research, Detroit, MI, 9/77-6/78 part-time
Analyzed surveys and wrote stories for the Detroit News Poll, a continuing survey of the Michigan population. Conducted marketing surveys for the Atlanta Constitution and Toronto Globe and Mail. (9/77-6/78)

Newspaper Science Reporter, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, 2/73-9/73
Covered the natural sciences and the environment. Won a in Scripps-Howard Foundation Edward J. Meeman national environmental reporting award.

Writer, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC, 9/72-11/72
Co-wrote a book for parents suing their school systems for misusing federal aid to poor kids.

Nuclear Submarine Officer, USS SEAWOLF (SSN 575), U.S. Navy, 2/70-6/72
I stood watches first as the officer running the nuclear reactor and later as the officer controlling the entire ship. Off watch I supervised 25 men full-time, including sonarmen, radiomen, electronics technicians, cooks and storekeepers. I resigned with the rank of full Lieutenant (equal to an Army Captain).

Awards and Fellowships

Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting Fellowship, Narragansett, RI, 6/00
Studied coastal and ocean environmental problems for one week.

Marine Biological Laboratory Science-Writing Fellowship, Woods Hole, MA, 6/99
I studied molecular biology and graduate-level neurobiology for one month, including 10+ hours a day of laboratory research training.

Arthritis Foundation National Award for WSVN news series, 1st place, 1987

American Cancer Society Florida Chapter Award for WSVN TV news story, 1st place, 1986

Ohio UPI Award for WEWS TV news story, 1984.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science Fellowship, 6/78-8/78
The main scientific organization in the U.S. selected me to spend 10 weeks at two Minneapolis/St. Paul stations learning to report science on television.

Scripps-Howard Foundation Edward J. Meeman Environmental Reporting Award for Detroit Free Press nine-day spot-news series, 1974

Memberships

  • National Association of Science Writers
  • Society of Environmental Journalists
  • American Medical Writers Association
  • National Association of Medical Communicators
  • National Writers Union
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors